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Hunter Buyer’s Guide

Hunter is a progressive British heritage brand renowned for its iconic Original Hunter wellington boot. The brand was founded in 1856 and up to the current date, holds two Royal warrants of Appointment to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Hunter offers a technical and practical collection that utilises its rich history of innovation to develop designs and range offering.

allsole has compiled a Buyer’s Guide, answering all of your questions from what size to get, to how to style Hunter wellies

Hunter Wellies

#1 What are the most popular Hunter Wellies styles?

#1 Hunter Original Tall

Hunter originally The North Rubber Boot Company, were commissioned by the War Office to provide sturdy boots that were durable for sodden trenches. After World War 11 due to high demand, they designed a slimmer, more fitted boot for industrial workers and farmers. Introducing the iconic Original Tall Green Hunter Wellington. The boot was an instant success, worn by Lady Diana in her engagement photos in 1981 it has remained a favourite amongst the Royal family over the years.

#2 Hunter Original Short

The Hunter wellington boots in the tall, short and wide fit are 100% waterproof and made from natural, vegan leather. The short version is the perfect slip-on style for any outdoor activity. A favourite amongst the likes of Alexa Chung and Ellie Goulding, these are the transitional option to take you from city streets to muddy fields.

#3 Original Play Short

The Original Play Short is part of the new generation of stylish rubber boots. Its platform sole provides optimum comfort while remaining extremely lightweight, it comes in the core colours and three silhouettes.

#4 Chelsea Boot

The Chelsea boot dates back to the Victorian era, popular still to this day for its short, flattering, easy-to-wear style. Things you should know about the Hunter Chelsea Boot - it's been re-engineered for an improved fit and all-day comfort, it has elastic side gussets making it easy for you to get them on and off and 100% waterproof.

#5 Hunter Kids

If you are looking for a pair of wellies or outdoor shoes for your little ones there is no denying that Hunter is the No.1 brand to opt for. Waterproof, durable and supportive, they are super stylish and the best for their feet.

#2 Do Hunter wellies come up big or run small?

Hunter wellies are true to size and by no means come up small. It has been said that they come up big if anything. However, their fittings, on the whole, tend to be true to size.

#3 What size Hunter boots should I get if I am in between sizes?

If you usually wear a half size it is recommended that you wear a half size down to get an ideal fit. However, if you’re looking to wear them with a thick sock or insole, buying a half size up to the bigger size might be most beneficial.

#4 How do Hunter boots fit?

Hunter wellies have been best known to fit comfortably. The same applies to whole number sizes that if you’re wanting to wear a thick sock or insole then it is recommended that you opt for a larger size to accommodate this extra insulation for your foot.

#5 Best Hunter wellies for wide calves?

There are many questions surrounding whether Hunter wellies are appropriate for people with wider calves. The answer is yes! If you're not wanting the wellies to be snug, then opt for the short wellies that have a wider circumference where the calf sits within the boot or for the wellies that offer an adjustable strap around the back.

Size chart

Here is the Hunter size chart to help you find your perfect fit.

UK EU US JP Insole Max Calf Area Leg Height
3 36 5 22 23.2 36.5 37.5
4 37 6 23 24.3 36.3 37.5
5 38 7 24 25.2 37.8 37.5
6 39 8 25 25.5 38.6 40.5
7 40/41 9 26 26.8 39.4 40.5
8 42 10 27 27.5 40.2 40.5
9 43 11 28 28.5 41.0 40.5


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Hunter Care Guide

#6 How to look after Hunter wellies

To ensure that your Hunter’s last you a lifetime, be sure to wipe them clean after use and let them dry naturally. To avoid any discolouration, leave to dry out of direct sunlight or near artificial sources of heat.

If there are stubborn marks, stains or dirt, once the boots are dry, clean again with hot soapy water.

Avoid using abrasive tools to remove dirt, a tough sponge should do the trick. Do not store boots whilst wet as this can cause odours and creases when left folded, and don't use solvents on your boots.

For the best Hunter boots care, use Hunter's own rubber boot buffer and cleaning wipes.

#7 What is the white powder on my Hunters? How to get rid of the white appearance on my Hunters?

Due to the natural rubber properties that Hunter wellies are made from, in certain conditions, insoluble particles can begin to rise to the surface of the boot. This is what is called “blooming”. This isn't unusual of Hunter wellies. It is a signal of high-quality rubber and nothing to worry about in terms of durability or performance.

To remove signs of “blooming” and restore a pristine finish, regularly use the Hunter Boots Buffer!

#8 How to make Hunter wellies more comfortable?

When first wearing your hunters, the rubber might be slightly stiff. But although over time, the rubber will become moulded and suited to your walking style, there are things you can do to ensure your boots are comfy from day one.

Try thick Hunter boot socks available for men, women and kids for all sizes and shapes of boots. They’re a great option for cold winter walks and for anyone wanting to soften their step!

Hunter Style Guide

Hunter Wellies

#9 How to wear Hunter wellies

Hunter wellies are an extremely diverse purchase. They can be worn for anything from winter walks to camping trips in the summer, for kids to play out in on a trip down to the farm. Festivals seem to be a popular pick too during the summer season as well as muddy field festivals that occur during the colder climates.

Wear with anything from jeans to leggings, a skirt to a t-shirt dress… you can team Hunters with any outfit.

#10 Tall or Short Hunter wellies?

This is a choice purely to be made down to preference. There are benefits to both but ultimately you need to decide what you will mostly be wearing them for, and so which will be most appropriate.



Sarah Atkinson
Sarah Atkinson Writer and expert

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